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Become A Rehab Director

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Working As A Rehab Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $73,116

    Average Salary

What Does A Rehab Director Do

A Rehab Director is responsible for coordinating the programs and staff of the rehabilitation services department for a nursing home. They supervise the departmental staff operations and budget development and ensure that services are in compliance with professional and clinical standards, as well as state and federal regulatory requirements.

How To Become A Rehab Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Rehab Director Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    68.9%
  • Male

    29.8%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.4%
  • Asian

    6.2%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    72.7%
  • Tagalog

    9.1%
  • French

    4.5%
  • Polish

    4.5%
  • Korean

    4.5%
  • Italian

    4.5%
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Real Rehab Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Rehab Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation Saratoga, CA Dec 17, 2015 $101,275 -
$185,640
Director of Rehab-Therapist Interface Rehab, Inc. Placentia, CA Mar 23, 2016 $100,176
Director of Rehab Susan J. Harris, Inc. Fairfield, CA Jun 12, 2015 $100,000
Director of Rehab (Physical Therapy) Susan J. Harris, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 02, 2015 $100,000
Occupational Therapist/Facility Rehab Director Select Medical Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 29, 2016 $100,000 -
$120,000
Facility Rehab Director Affirma Rehabilitation, Inc. CA Mar 10, 2016 $100,000 -
$104,000
Facility Rehab Director Violet Holdings, LLC Lincoln, CA Jul 23, 2015 $100,000
Facility Rehab Director Affirma Rehabilitation Resource Center CA Jan 06, 2016 $100,000 -
$104,000
Director of Rehab Services Viaquest Home Health of Indiana LLC Evansville, IN Dec 26, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Director of Rehab Services Viaquest Home Health of Indiana LLC Muncie, IN Dec 26, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Occupational Therapist, Rehab Director Rehab Specialists California, LLC Los Altos, CA Jan 07, 2016 $98,089
Director of Rehab Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation San Leandro, CA Jul 13, 2015 $97,760 -
$144,352
Physical Therapist, Rehab Director Gentiva Certified Healthcare Corp. Portage, MI Jul 11, 2016 $93,915 -
$102,263
Rehab Director Rehab Specialists California, LLC Davis, CA Feb 16, 2015 $91,828
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Carmichael, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Yuba City, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Sacramento, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Willows, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Manchester, NH May 31, 2016 $72,093 -
$120,994
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Nashua, NH May 31, 2016 $72,093 -
$120,994
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Bedford, NH May 31, 2016 $72,093 -
$120,994
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Concord, NH May 31, 2016 $72,093 -
$120,994
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Mechanicsville, VA Nov 14, 2016 $65,957 -
$138,299
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Richmond, VA Jan 11, 2016 $65,957 -
$138,299
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC VA Jan 11, 2016 $65,957 -
$138,299
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Richmond, VA Nov 14, 2016 $65,957 -
$138,299
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Ashland, VA Nov 14, 2016 $65,957 -
$138,299
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Falmouth, ME Aug 09, 2016 $65,936 -
$110,906

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Top Skills for A Rehab Director

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Top Rehab Director Skills

  1. Speech Therapy
  2. Facility Staff
  3. Medical Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Solicit new business contracts through childcare facilities and physician office to maintain current speech therapy caseloads.
  • Provide and help deliver excellent customer service to the facility staff and patients.
  • Reviewed physician referrals and patient medical records to formulate an accurate diagnosis and best course of treatment.
  • Provide quality Occupational Therapy to residents in long term facility.
  • Direct patient care expectations of 50%.

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